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Classic Toy Trains

Classic Toy Trains July 2017

CLASSIC TOY TRAINS BRINGS YOU O AND S GAUGE FOR THE OPERATOR AND COLLECTOR. SEE THE NEWEST TRAINS FROM LIONEL, MTH, ATLAS O AND OTHERS; LEARN ABOUT TRACK PLANNING, WIRING AND LAYOUT CONSTRUCTION; IDENTIFY AND REPAIR OLD LIONEL AND AMERICAN FLYER TRAINS; AND VISIT THE MOST INSPIRING TOY TRAIN LAYOUTS EVER BUILT.

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United States
言語:
English
出版社:
Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
刊行頻度:
Bimonthly

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family memories with toy trains

To be honest, I do not have fond memories of my first train. That train was flimsy, soon broken, and replaced. But I do treasure the memory of receiving it from my parents and the memory of my father helping me build my first layout. The fact that toy trains tighten the bonds between family members has been a wellunderstood aspect of our hobby for more than a century. Decade after decade, families have joined in the enjoyable task of planning and building a layout or holiday display. Manufacturers understood this and embraced the idea, making it a recurring theme in their advertising – as shown by the accompanying 1950s Lionel catalog illustration. More importantly, individual hobbyists frequently tell us how rewarding it was to share their model railroad with parents, grandparents, and…

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do you have a story?

Readers just like you provide stories featured in Classic Toy Trains. To submit an article and photos, send your work to Classic Toy Trains magazine, 21027 Crossroads Circle, P.O. Box 1612, Waukesha, WI 53187. Write the words “Manuscript Enclosed” on the envelope and include a suitable stamped, self-addressed envelope for the return of your material if we cannot use it. Articles are paid for on acceptance. We assume no responsibility for the safe return of unsolicited material. Email submissions can be sent to editor@classictoytrains.com. Before preparing an article, contact us to determine whether we’re interested. Guidelines for writing articles and taking photographs are available on our website. If you are a manufacturer or supplier and would like to see your products in our News or Reviews columns, please email editor@classictoytrains.com, or call 262-796-8776…

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train values and a scratchbuilt aem7

FROM OUR READERS Quality and value, then and now Roger Carp’s “Guide to Lionel sets” article in the May 2017 issue of Classic Toy Trains really opened my eyes to the state of today’s train business. What caught my attention was the original cost of the train outfits and what that cost translated to in today’s dollars. A Virginian locomotive with five cars for today’s equivalent of $625.90 and a Canadian Pacific passenger set for $858.91! Where today can one buy such quality for these prices? Absolutely nowhere is the answer. Lightweight, can motors, and plastic everything is the rule. And usually selling for prices far exceeding that of the postwar trains in equivalent dollars. That’s why I’m a postwar fan, operator, and collector. America will never again see those days of quality and…

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photo album

YOUR PICTURES BOB AND PAT KEARNEY’S O GAUGE DISPLAY Bob and Pat Kearney enjoy reliving their days in southern California by running this O gauge version of the Santa Fe’s streamlined Super Chief. Their son Doug caught all the action on the family’s 17 x 26-foot Ohio & Southwestern RR in Moreno Valley, Calif. LENNY WALTON’S S GAUGE LAYOUT The teenagers waiting for the battery to get jumped just wanted a little time to themselves at the American Flyer no. 767 Branford diner on Lenny Walton’s S gauge layout. But their coupe would not start, and now they’re in trouble. At least they’ll have a great view of the no. 497 New Haven Alco PA diesel dashing by. Flyer trains and Plasticville structures fill Lenny’s display at his home in Lancaster, Pa. EDWARD TUCKER’S O…

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product news

SMART DEVICE CONTROL: MTH Electric Trains 2017 starter set line now comes ready to run with your Apple or Android smartphone or Apple iPad. Outfits will come with a 75-watt 5-amp power supply and a DCS TIU-1 receiver with Wi-Fi. Just download the MTH DCS app and you are ready to roll. The trains may also be controlled via the separate-sale DCS remote commander, or with any standard O gauge toy train transformer. See your MTH retailer or go to www.mthtrains.com for more information. VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF ROLLING STOCK: The three cars added to the Menards lineup of O gauge rolling stock could not be more different. They are the nos. 279-3948 Santa Fe flatcar with a Santa Fe Trailways bus for $19.99, the 279- 3954 Milwaukee Road three-dome…

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lionel’s no. 218 standard gauge dump car

Lionel acted boldly when it introduced a new line of toy trains in 1906 by declaring it the standard. Domestic competitors saw what Lionel was doing, yet refused to quit designing locomotives and cars to run on track spaced differently. Only Lionel kept making models for metal track measuring 21⁄8 inches from the center of one outside rail to the center of the opposite one. Eventually, however, those rivals conceded. Lionel dominated the marketplace after World War I, so Ives in 1921 and American Flyer four years later switched to the same gauge. However, the two firms avoided the term coined by Lionel. They insisted on calling it Wide gauge. The leaders at Lionel most likely scorned their counterparts for being so picky. Instead, they pressured supervisors at their factory in northern…